Paddle With Bernie – 5/7/2017

I asked Bernie in passing if I could borrow his 4 person aluminum boat for the South Dakota Kayak Challenge. He surprised me by saying yes. So I was going to pick up the boat from him with a test float. He agreed to go out with myself and my kids for the test paddle. Of course, we went to the flooded area in Valley Park from the Meramec river.

A selfie from the front. Somehow, Sonora managed to hide.

The river is still up a ton, blocking the road.

Guess this means people wading across the street?

This is a 2 story structure. I didn’t realize it till the waters receded and I saw the rest of the damage.

Since the flooding started, I’ve been wanting to paddle to Simpson Lake and see what it looked like!

Look, the roof of a picnic shelter.

Paddling under the picnic structure. Could have changed a light bulb in the middle without getting out of my canoe seat!

I just missed a perfect photo with the reflection of this tree on the calm water.

In case he forgets his name Bernie wrote it on the back on his PFD.

Looking straight down Marshal Road in Valley Park.

This sign is slightly ironic.

The aluminum battleship on top of my van. I wanted for help before getting it down!

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Waterfall – 5/6/2017

We went out to our property to check it out after the flooding. The main part that we use is high up and won’t flood, but we were still curious. The Big River was up a ton and was still coming down.

Once out there, we installed some new lines for the solar panels to clean things up.

We walked down the road to the water, but couldn’t go too far.

And finally on our way home, we tried taking highway W (which said closed) and ended up turning around when we got to the water.

Hogan Haake

SLU Grad Student Party – 8/6/2017

In early May, we hosted a gathering of the grad students and post docs working in the lab with Danelle.  We started out on the porch, but as for all good parties, the action soon moved to the kitchen.  We had a few good rounds of Jenga, taking it to the point that there were very few moves left.  Becca finally collapsed the tower.

We all enjoyed the loads of food and drinks, some brought that evening, but many that were leftovers from the Avery Play cast party.

Hogan Haake

Meramec Flood – 5/3/2017

This is my third trip out in the flood.
4/30 Start
5/1 Middle
In this trip, I’m paddling with Danelle and JoJo about 1 foot down from the crest of the flood. The water level was approximately 42 feet at the Valley Park, MO gauge. We had a great time, but the water was coming down fast and there were areas in the flooded section that we avoided for safety.

Hogan Haake